Beth Rugan Shepard is the Instruction Coordinator Librarian/Arts & Humanities Librarian at the University of South Alabama. She holds an MA in English and an MLIS from Louisiana State University. In her current position, she oversees the library’s information literacy instruction program, the library’s assessment and outreach initiatives, and serves as the liaison librarian to all the Humanities and Arts majors. Her research interests include assessment, instructional design, digital humanities and, of course, Open Education. Currently, she is working to expand the use of OER and build a culture of open at her institution.
Beth’s capstone project will focus on the development of a toolkit for librarians interested in starting OER initiatives on their campuses. The primary audience for this toolkit will be librarians at regional/comprehensive institutions. Her work will serve as an instructional primer as well as provide ready-to-use marketing strategies and materials.